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Food transfers in capuchin monkeys: an experiment on partner choice.
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PMID:  22832127     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although most primates live in groups, experiments on reciprocity usually test individuals in dyads. This could hide the processes emerging in richer social settings, reducing the ecological validity of the results. We run an experiment on reciprocal food transfers testing capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) in triads, so that subjects could choose to allow access to their food to either of their two partners. We tested the hypothesis that partner choice was related to a comparison of long-term social bonds with the two partners, more than to a comparison of recent food transfer events from the two partners. The results confirmed this hypothesis, thus supporting the notion that reciprocal partner preferences are based on long-term accounts of benefits that have been exchanged.
Gloria Sabbatini; Aurora De Bortoli Vizioli; Elisabetta Visalberghi; Gabriele Schino
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-07-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biology letters     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1744-957X     ISO Abbreviation:  Biol. Lett.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-12     Completed Date:  2013-02-11     Revised Date:  2013-11-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101247722     Medline TA:  Biol Lett     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  757-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, CNR, Rome, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Behavior, Animal
Cebus / physiology*
Choice Behavior
Cooperative Behavior
Feeding Behavior*
Social Behavior
Time Factors

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